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San Francisco’s Most Peaceful Places

Jeff Howard December 17, 2019

The winter season tends to bring plenty of crowds to The City by the Bay as travelers look to escape the harsh weather in most regions across the country. While San Francisco does offer many great indoor activities to try during rainy days, there will be plenty of opportunities to experience the great weather and wonderful scenery the city offers. If you’re interested in finding the calmest public spots in SF to avoid the influx of travelers, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s explore ten of San Francisco’s most peaceful places!

Piazza Angelo

The spot we must mention first is located right in our backyard at Trinity Place. Positioned at the corner of Market and 8th Street, Piazza Angelo is a one-acre courtyard filled with artwork including the largest statue in San Francisco. The 92 foot Venus sculpture has become one of the newest landmarks in San Francisco and a wonderful meeting spot for local residents and workers. The massive statue and enclosed courtyard are surrounded by the 33 8th, 1190 Mission, and 1188 Mission apartments known as Trinity Place.

 

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Japantown Peace Plaza

If you’re a Bay Area local who has never ventured to the Japantown neighborhood in Lower Pacific Heights, you are certainly missing out! Filled with Japanese culture, cuisine, and attractions, Japantown is the perfect place for a calm yet exciting afternoon. Right in the heart of Japantown is the Peace Plaza and Pagoda, a popular spot to enjoy treats and music by local musicians. Nearby housing availability includes the spacious 2380 California apartments just 3 blocks away.

 

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Golden Gate Park Gardens

One of the largest urban parks in the nation, Golden Gate Park maintains quite the excess of peaceful places to hang out. However, these various gardens near The Sunset and Richmond Districts are particularly calm and inviting:

 

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Ina Coolbrith Park

An obvious choice for our list of the “Best Parks in San Francisco,” Ina Coolbrith Park boasts a stunning view of the downtown skyline, Bay Bridge, and Treasure Island. This Russian Hill Park on Taylor Street is just a few blocks from available luxury apartments at 1000 Chestnut, 2140 Taylor, and 1059 Union. Anybody in the market for the best views in San Francisco is advised to check out this section of the city. Although too steep a hike for many, Ina Coolbrith Park is worth the trek!

 

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Alta Plaza Park

Another one of San Francisco’s overlooked parks is the gorgeous Alta Plaza Park in Pac Heights. This tiered, grassy space offers a direct viewpoint toward Sutro Tower and a tremendous gaze at the city skyline. This large park doesn’t quite get the attention that Dolores or Alamo Square receive so you can often find plenty of space to spread out. Additionally, there is no shortage of benches and neat spots to chill out or snap photos. This park is just a short walk from Pacific Heights’ 2000 Broadway apartments and Clay Park Tower.

 

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Black Point/Aquatic Park Pier

Hidden behind Fort Mason and Ghiradelli Square, Black Point and the Aquatic Park Pier are fantastic spots to enjoy waterfront views away from the crowds. Unlike the packed Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, these calm areas are the ideal place to go for a walk or clear your head. The bustle of the city can be exciting, but lesser-known scenic areas like Black Point and Aquatic Park/Municipal Pier provide a nice getaway. Residents of the nearby Marina Cove and 1000 Chestnut apartments can enjoy a quick stroll to these lovely locations.

 

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The Wave Organ

Another hidden gem near Marina Cove is the 1986 creation known as “The Wave Organ.” This concrete wave-activated acoustic sculpture is located on a jetty in the Marina District facing Alcatraz. With its “music” sounding best at high tide, you may get a little wet trying to explore this unique San Francisco creation!

 

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Mission Dolores Basilica

While the constant party that is Mission Dolores Park gets most of the attention in the Mission District, it must not be forgotten this historic neighborhood was named after Mission San Francisco De Asis & Mission Dolores Basilica. Founded the same year as our nation’s birth in 1776, Mission Dolores is a must-see for those interested in San Francisco’s history. Located across the street from the Casa Dolores apartments, Mission Dolores remains the center point of San Francisco’s Mission District.

 

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China Beach

While the remarkable views from Baker Beach tend to attract the most crowds, Sea Cliff’s China Beach is a little more difficult to find and access. This small and often windy beach provides an iconic glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge from one of the ritziest neighborhoods in SF.

 

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Sutro Heights/Lands End

Also near Sea Cliff is Lands End, Sutro Heights, and the Sutro Baths. Although the Sutro Baths and Cliff House tend to attract many visitors, nearby Sutro Heights Park is often an empty oasis. Furthermore, if you’re willing to make the hike, the Lands End trail to Mile Rock Beach is another wonderful way to spend your day in the City by the Bay.

 

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